Recent innovations in science and technology have provided human rights advocates, journalists, and scientists with new tools to expose war crimes and other serious violations of human rights and to disseminate this information in real time throughout the world.
The Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley is pleased to showcase these recent developments and push new frontiers of applied research.
Alison Cornyn is an artist, founding partner and Director of Picture Projects. Her installation and video work as well as curatorial projects have been exhibited in Europe, South America and the U.S.
She has worked as an art director on films in Los Angeles and New York and has extensive experience in interactive and web design as well as in building online communities. Cornyn produced an international, online dialogue for The New York Times, "Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace" (1997) the first website to be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
She has taught at City College and guest lectured about digital documentaries at New York University and other institutions. Cornyn curated b/t*, a new media show at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Fl (1998). The exhibition was part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival in 2001. She has a BA from Connecticut College, a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU and an MFA from Hunter College. She was an artist in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, 2000-01.
Ken Goldberg is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations
Research (IEOR), with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science (EECS) and in the School of Information at the
University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). He is also a
Co-Founder of the Berkeley Center for New Media. He is an artist,
writer, inventor, and researcher in the field of robotics and
Alex Quinn is the Executive Director for Games for Change. Before joining Games for Change, Quinn was Executive Director of the Adult Literacy Media Alliance (ALMA), a project of Education Development Center. ALMA produces the Emmy Award-winning television series, TV411, accompanying website and workbook series, and a range of multimedia literacy and life skills curricula on such topics as health, finance, and family literacy.
Quinn served as the principal investigator for a multi-year National Science Foundation funded project to develop, promote, and broadly distribute a television-based basic math curriculum for adults. Quinn has a background in instructional design, video production, and telecommunications policy, and was the executive director for community media centers in Oregon and New York City. Quinn holds a B.A. degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts and an M.A. in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University.
Andrew Schlussel applies his experience in filmmaking, animation, and visual effects to his career in education. He has taught 3D computer graphics classes using Maya at Pixar Animation Studios, is a member of the Visual Effects Society, and is the co-author of Maya Visual Quickstart Guide published by Peachpit Press.
Before joining Ex'pression College for Digital Arts where he is currently the Director of the Animation & Visual Effects Program, he taught at NYU School of Continuing Education and The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. In 2007 he travelled to Myanmar (Burma) to train local people on 3D computer animation for social marketing in the fight against AIDS. More recently he was the Director of Photography on a feature film called "Sisu", a historical narrative set in Saskatchewan, Canada due for a Spring 2009 release.
Peggy Weil, Visiting Assistant Professor, USC-SCA Interactive Media Division, is a digital media artist and designer focusing on interactive and immersive design. As a member of the original Architecture Machine Group (now the M.I.T. Media Lab) she worked on pioneering interactive projects going on to create titles for The Voyager Company, Broderbund, Electronic Arts, Von Holtzbrinck and Ravensburger Interactive including the award winning titles "A Silly Noisy House" and "Moving Puzzle."
She was creative producer and designer for the Redistricting Game, a USC Annenberg Center sponsored project to increase voter awareness about congressional redistricting. Current projects include Gone Gitmo, a virtual installation of Guantanamo Prison and Mauerkrankheit (Wallsickness), a visualization of the world's border fences.
Rights that belong to an individual as a consequence of being human. The term came into wide use after World War II, replacing the earlier phrase natural rights, which had been associated with the Greco-Roman concept of natural law since the end of the Middle Ages. As understood today, human rights refer to a wide variety of values and capabilities reflecting the diversity of human circumstances and history. They are conceived of as universal, applying to all human beings everywhere, and as fundamental, referring to essential or basic human needs. Human rights have been classified historically in terms of the notion of three generations of human rights. The first generation of civil and political rights, associated with the Enlightenment and the English, American, and French revolutions, includes the rights to life and liberty and the rights to freedom of speech and worship. The second generation of economic, social, and cultural rights, associated with revolts against the predations of unregulated capitalism from the mid-19th century, includes the right to work and the right to an education. Finally, the third generation of solidarity rights, associated with the political and economic aspirations of developing and newly decolonized countries after World War II, includes the collective rights to political self-determination and economic development. Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, many treaties and agreements for the protection of human rights have been concluded through the auspices of the United Nations, and several regional systems of human rights law have been established. In the late 20th century ad hoc international criminal tribunals were convened to prosecute serious human rights violations and other crimes in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. The International Criminal Court, which came into existence in 2002, is empowered to prosecute crimes against humanity, crimes of genocide, and war crimes.
Declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Drafted by a committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, it was adopted without dissent but with eight abstentions. Among its 30 articles are definitions of civil and political rights (including the rights to life, liberty, and a fair trial) as well as definitions of economic, social, and cultural rights (including the right to social security and to participation in the cultural life of one's community), all of which are owed by UN member states to those under their jurisdiction. It has acquired more juridical status than originally intended and has been widely used, even by national courts, as a means of judging compliance with member states' human-rights obligations. The declaration has been the foundation of the work of nongovernmental organizations such as Amnesty International.
Isn't that what being a detainee in second life is supposed to depict? I don't think they're allowed to reproduce certain graphical things but this is supposed to help people get a better feel for the situation.
And as for protecting the unprotected, I agree but it would also help if more of the real media was actually shown to the public and not just the edited clips they want us to see.
i don't see the part where the pre detained are in the fields doing their bit to get caught....wearing their little black hoodies, whooping up on some women and children, yes, oh yes, we were bad people to have torture chambers in g base. But, can you please show me the outrage, the press release, your news releases on the brutal, or is it humane treatment of individuals that these folks do in the name of religious rights and therefore forgiven? cutting off of heads with no trial, killing of men and women for no reason, flogging ten, eleven year olds for not wandting to be married to forty-five year olds....wheres the outrage? press releases, news footage, you tube blogs.......amazing......politics, keep in front of the camera....come on, protect the unprotected.....